Speed monitoring device in St. Landry Parish. (Submitted photo)
Speed monitoring trailer deployed
The St. Landry sheriff’s office has purchased a speed monitoring trailer that surveys and helps determine where, and what time to put “boots/radars on the ground” on those particular roads for speed enforcement, according to Sheriff Bobby Guidroz.
“The speed monitor is stationed throughout the parish on mostly residential roads in an effort to save lives,” Deputy Eliot Bertrand, who serves at the coordinator for the speed monitor, said.
Since deploying the monitor, details of speeders show an alarming disregard to public safety, Guidroz said. Speeds have been recorded at 86 to 102 mph in some neighborhoods, he said.
An example is on Lawyer Road where the speed limit is 40 mph. There were 292 vehicles over speed limit (1 to 9 mph) and 13 vehicles at 10 mph or more over speed limit, he said. The highest speed recorded was 85 mph, he said.
Then on Meche Road the speed limit is 35 mph. There were 3,613 vehicles surveyed with 2,082 vehicles timed over the speed limit (1 to 9 mph) and 559 vehicles at 10 mph or more over speed limit. The highest speed recorded was 102 mph. Meche Road is located on the south side of Beau Chene High School.
Guidroz stated, “The speed monitor trailer addresses the complaints of speeders on our newly paved parish roads. With over 950 miles of parish roads, we are hoping to slow drivers down and to create safer rural areas in the parish.”